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The story of Joseon's tyrant king Yeonsan who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures, his seemingly loyal retainer who controls him and all court dealings, and a woman who seeks vengeance.

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Kyu-dong Min
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ji-Hoon Ju ... Im Sung-jae (as Ji-hun Ju)
Kang-woo Kim ... Yeonsan
Ho-jin Chun ... Im Sa-hong
Ji-yeon Lim Ji-yeon Lim ... Dan-hee (as Ji-Yeon Lim)
Young-chang Song ... Yoo Ja-kwang
Han-chul Jo ... Park Won-jong (as Han-Cheol Jo)
Cha Ji-Yeon Cha Ji-Yeon ... Jang Nok-su / Narration
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
You-young Lee You-young Lee ... Seoljungmae
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The story of Joseon's tyrant king Yeonsan who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures, his seemingly loyal retainer who controls him and all court dealings, and a woman who seeks vengeance.

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

21 May 2015 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

O Traidor See more »

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Soo Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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A particularly abrasive film from South Korea, but I couldn't stop watching
23 December 2015 | by ebossertSee all my reviews

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The Treacherous (2015) (South Korean Drama).

After being engulfed with insanity and revenge, a prince demands beautiful women (regardless of age, marriage status, or social class) to be rounded up for his personal pleasure – this caused widespread anger in the kingdom. One of the would-be sex slaves makes an impression, but his long-time friend also has eyes for her. This film has some serious balls, and will likely offend many viewers with its immoral male characters, its wild tonal shifts, and its depiction of women (who inexplicably become very willing to be sex slaves once they enter the palace). However, this is way more interesting than one might think. Although this is primarily a drama, it does have a few highly entertaining doses of humor. There's a lengthy, hilarious "training" sequence where the women are formally educated in the art of sexual pleasure. The prince is a psycho nutcase, which provides some entertainment value in itself. Of course, there are some disturbing moments of graphic violence mixed in, which creates those oddly captivating tonal shifts. Despite the plethora of sexual references, there are only a small handful of sex scenes shown (one of which is a fairly graphic girl-on-girl intercourse). Performances are solid; the story and characters have an engaging dynamic. This film is beautifully shot and has a great visual style about it, with outstanding production values and set designs. A particularly abrasive film from South Korea, but I couldn't stop watching.


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